Marti started her engineering career in her hometown, Seattle, in 1977, apprenticing under the expert wing of Peter B. Lewis, from whom she learned the ropes of radio and television post-production. One year later, her love of music and desire to grow professionally brought her naturally to move to New York City. She was hired as assistant engineer at Automated Sound Studios, one of the most important jingle-production studios in the late-70s and 80s. Under the guidance of engineers such as Elliot Scheiner and Artie Friedman, and working daily with some of the most talented musicians and production people in the country, her career grew quickly. Just two and a half years later, at 22 years old, Marti left Automated Sound as a staff engineer and “went free-lance”. She started working regularly in historical studios such as A&R and The Power Station, The Hit Factory and Skyline, and broadened her recording expertise working on projects with artists and producers such as Marcus Miller, Phil Ramone, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, and Michael Franks, among many others. In 1986, Marti moved to Milan, Italy. Her many years of engineering experience and musical training (she studied the clarinet, saxophone and flute through school and into college, and privately with Eddie Daniels while in New York) opened the door to many new experiences. Aside from studio work, she began working live as FOH engineer for Eros Ramazzotti’s 1990 European Tour. That was the beginning of a whole new phase in her professional life. She has worked consistently over the years with the most important names in Italian pop and jazz music, both in the studio and live.
The desire to help smaller clients bring higher quality to their productions, particularly jazz musicians and young, up-and-coming pop artists, stimulated Marti to invest in her own equipment. She put together a recording/mixing facility that is functional both at home and on-location. Being autonomous made it no longer necessary to live in a big city like Milan and in 2002 Marti moved to Sardinia, a beautiful island off the southern coast of Italy. While she continues to travel and work on the mainland, she has a full control room set-up in her home from which she does editing, mixing and mastering. She is in the process of building a recording facility and, at clients’ request, also does on-location recording. The advent of broadband internet makes it easy to work with clients even at a distance.